January 22, 2016 | Simon Jenkins
James Wilkinson (Product Design 2014) developed his audio-visual hire and production business One Event Services while at Leeds – supplying a number of local events and venues, including Leeds Festival.
Alongside equipment hire and live event production, the company is developing its own line of products for the event production market.
After securing a First in his Masters degree in product design, James earned a prestigious Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – one of only ten such scholarships awarded every year – along with an invitation to the MIT Global Startup Workshop in Guatemala City.
James won first prize in the University’s 2015 Business Plan Competition, and the Sir Peter Thompson Enterprise Award. “SPARK has offered me so many opportunities,” he says. “I’m really excited and confident about the future of my business and I am thankful to have a huge network of people to draw on when I need it.”